Friday, January 28, 2000
High school students indicted: Suspensions ended pending court's decision
On January 19, a Middlesex grand jury indicted four Concord-Carlisle High School students on charges of allegedly videotaping sex with a female student. Israel Rodas-Torres, 17, of Commonwealth Avenue in Concord, Remy Cotard, 18, of Boston, Jeffrey Finch, 17, of Jamaica Plain, and Tyrone Lewis-Grant, 17, of Boston, were charged on separate counts of posing a child in a state of nudity, posing a child engaged in sexual conduct and violation of the wiretap statute. Rodas-Torres was also charged with possession of visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct, dissemination of visual material depicting a child in a state of nudity, and dissemination of visual material depicting a child engaged in sexual conduct. A fifth student, a juvenile under the age of 17, was not indicted but will face charges in juvenile district court in Concord.
The students were suspended from school in December after the charges were made. Concord School Superintendent Ed Mavragis said that, because the court proceedings will likely continue over an extended period of time, he has made the decision to end the suspensions after seven weeks. "I don't like indefinite suspensions," Mavragis said. However, he noted that he may reconsider his decision on the suspensions once the court makes a ruling in the case.
One of the students charged returned to CCHS in early January. Mavragis said that there has been no student response since the student returned to his classes. In December, a student-initiated petition had circulated at CCHS asking administrators to end the suspensions. The remaining three students will return to classes next week "with many serious restrictions on their time and activities," said Mavragis. He has held a meeting with faculty members
to discuss the students' return to the campus. The female student no longer attends the high school.
The five boys were first charged in December for allegedly videotaping a sexual encounter with the student at a Concord home in October. Concord Police seized a videotape as evidence in the case. The female CCHS student lived at a residential home for teenage girls in Concord. According to Massachusetts law, a person under the age of 18 cannot consent to being filmed while engaged in sexual conduct. Also, the state wiretap statute prohibits recording oral communications without the consent and knowledge of the person being recorded. According to the Middlesex district attorney's office, the charges allege the
tape was made without the student's consent, and at least some parts were made without her knowledge.
An arraignment date at Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge has not yet been set. Assistant district attorney Kathy Adams is the prosecutor for the case.
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